WINNIPEG - The further a team goes in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the more intense the pressure becomes.
For the Winnipeg Jets, who face a 3-1 series deficit to the Vegas Golden Knights, that pressure has now reached its highest level.
The need a win in Game Five tomorrow at Bell MTS Place to keep the Western Conference Final going. It's this kind of pressure that head coach Paul Maurice knows his team will embrace.
The Jets have faced elimination only once so far in the postseason, and came through in Game Seven against the Nashville Predators in the Second Round.
"I want them to take their experience between Game Six and Seven, and create the environment they created there - where they came out with an excitement and a smile on their face," Maurice said. "Going into Game Seven, there was as much pressure in that game as there was here. It's the exact same game. This one is at home, we'll need that crowd, and they've been great for us.
"Both teams, all four teams now, there is not quite as much in the tank as there was before, so you're looking to draw on that."